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New Latyrx Track World Premiere via

October 21st, 2013

LATYRX (Lyrics Born + Lateef) “Close Your Eyes” ft Busdriver (produced by Antonionian) by latyrx

Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker, the two halves of the groundbreaking, longstanding alternative hip hop duo Latyrx, are gearing up to release the latest single from their forthcoming album, The Second Album, on November 5th. The latest leak from that project is the pro-individuality anthem, “Close Your Eyes” featuring a verse by Busdriver and production from Antonionian.
Latyrx, who have long been known for their unconventional rhythmic delivery and ability to weave socio-political references amidst funky, boombastic production, have delivered yet another unique gem for the new single, “Close Your Eyes,” which premiered on Okayplayer. The anthem, which promotes self-identity, uses rich synths layers in the dreamy, auto-tuned chorus to contrast with the intense, dark tone of the verses. Lyrics Born says the song manages to be both hard-hitting and delicate at the same time. Says LB, “I felt like the lyrics could be rebellious and strong due to the drums and the somber sonics would make a stark contrast to that harder feeling – almost a context as to why it was necessary to be so fiercely steadfast in vocalizing your identity.” Adds Lateef, “Basically, the song’s message is how I’m no slave, I am not defined by others with no idea of who I am, and I am not controlled by outside media forces, nor audience/customer opinions. I am my own man.”
Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker of Latyrx helped co-found the historic Solesides collective of the 90’s, which includes DJ Shadow and members of Blackalicious. When the two joined forces as Latyrx, they released their 1997 joint debut, titled The Album. It earned rave reviews for its adventurous production, eclectic style, and the rappers’ distinctive flows. The Album became a west coast indie rap classic and has been described as an unprecedented masterpiece. Shortly after, they released the Muzapper’s Mixes EP which featured the momentous single Lady Don’t Tek No, credited as perhaps the only pro-female club banger in rap history. Over the past sixteen years, Lyrics Born and Lateef have been working on their respective solo careers writing books, touring the globe, releasing solo projects, appearing on countless artists’ albums, and even earning a Grammy Award nomination. Now a decade and a half past their first full-length, the pair are finally releasing the anticipated follow-up, The Second Album.
The long-awaited second full-length project will be released on their own Latyramid label on November 5th. The release features members of tUnE-yArDs, Anticon, Living Colour, The Decemberists, Blackalicious and more. Catch Latyrx on the first leg of their tour with rap duo Skins & Needles, beginning October 25th in Denver, Colorado and hitting stops in Salt Lake City, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle and more. The second half of the tour will continue in early 2014. Check out Latyrx’s Kickstarter campaign below to help support their tour.


Check out the Okayplayer premiere:


Support Latyrx through their Kickstarter campaign:


LATYRX (Lyrics Born and Lateef) featuring Skin and NeedlesTHE SECOND ALBUM WORLD TOUR – 1st leg (2nd leg will continue in 2014)


To buy tickets:

10/25 – Cervantes – Denver, CO (w/ Orgone) – tickets
10/26 – Last Chance – Gunnison, CO
10/27 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO – tickets
11/01 – Top Hat – Missoula, MT – tickets
11/02 – Zebra Lounge – Bozeman, MT
11/03 – Railyard – Billings, MT – tickets
11/04 – Neurolux – Boise, ID – tickets
11/05 – State Room – Salt Lake City, UT
11/08 – Boomer’s – Laytonville, CA – tickets available at the door
11/09 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA – tickets
11/14 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR (w/ Vursatyl of Lifesavas & Tope) – tickets
11/15 – Domino Room – Bend, OR – tickets available at the door
11/16 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA – tickets
11/20 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA (w/ Forrest Day, DJ Aaron AxelsEn & hosted by The Gift of Gab & Chief Xcel of Blackalicious) – tickets
11/21 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA – tickets

Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Latyrx.

LATYRX The Second Album World Tour Kickstarter Campaign

September 30th, 2013


We have just launched The Second Album World Tour Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds to bring Latyrx to a city near you!
We’ve got a ton of awesome perks at all contribution levels including autographed CDs & Vinyl, t-shirts, posters, FREE tickets to shows, VIP backstage passes, hang with Latyrx at Soundcheck, have dinner & drinks with Lateef & Lyrics Born plus a lot more!

For everyone who contributes at the $10 level or higher, you will get a digital copy of the album the day before it drops on November 5th!

Help bring positive music to the masses by contributing and being a part of the Latyrical Madness!


August 24th, 2011

Hey L-Beezies — don’t forget this weekend to catch LB w/ Joyo Velarde and Skins & Needles tearing up the midwest with 3 mega shows going down this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Tomorrow night (Aug 25th) catch LB @ The Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN
Friday night (Aug 26th) @ The Redstone Room in Davenport, IA
and Saturday night (Aug 27th) @ Orton Park in Madison, WI for a FREE show in the park!

Get your tickets now and don’t miss these awesome shows!!!

Lyrics Born Summer Tour Dates

July 9th, 2011

What’s up, L-Beezies?!
As LB continues the AS U WERE World Tour we’ve got some brand new shows just added to the list, so check ’em out.

We’re also very excited to announce more Latyrx dates.
LB & Lateef the Truthspeaker are re-uniting for some very special shows. Keep your eyes and ears open for more Latyrx dates being announced soon in addition to LB solo shows.

Also make sure and get your tickets now before these venues sell out. It’s gonna be a party!


July 16th – WakeRide 2011 – Saskatoon, CAN
July 29th – Floyd Fest – Floyd, VA
July 30th – Floyd Fest (day 2) – Floyd, VA

August 6th – Xclamation Festival – Sacramento, CA
August 14th – Outside Lands – San Francisco, CA*
August 25th – The Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
August 26th – The RedStone Room – Davenport, IA
August 27th – Orton Park – Madison, WI

September 4th – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago, IL*
September 23rd – Powellpalooza – Page, AZ*
September 24th – Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC

We’ve got more dates being added constantly, so make sure you’re always checking in to for the latest shows.

See y’all out there!


May 17th, 2011

That’s right, L-Beezies!
The highly anticipated new single and video from Lyrics Born, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda” (feat. Sam Sparro) is almost here!
Directed by Yoram Benz — who directed the “Lies X 3” video — the CSW music video is a nod back to old school early 80’s.
You’ll see some retro wardrobe, cool effects and as always that creative, classic and unique style that is trademark Lyrics Born.

The video premieres on the web worldwide Monday, May 23rd at

LBTV brings you this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip giving you a look at what went in to making this music video.

Get the single now, available on LB’s latest album AS U WERE.

Make sure you catch LB during his AS U WERE 2011 World Tour
(new dates being added all the time)

Jun 4th, 2011 – Benbow, CA

Jun 15th, 2011 – Brisbane, AUS
Jun 16th, 2011 – Hobart, AUS
Jun 17th, 2011 – Melbourne, AUS
Jun 18th, 2011 – Sydney, AUS
Jun 19th, 2011 – Perth, AUS

Jun 25th, 2011 – Willits, CA
Jul 29th, 2011 – Floyd, VA
Jul 30th, 2011 – Floyd, VA
Aug 6th, 2011 – Modesto, CA
Aug 27th, 2011 – Madison, WI

*20% of all profits from merchandise tour sales goes towards Red Cross to help Japan Relief efforts.*


May 10th, 2011

Greetings L-Beezies of the globe — we’ve got another webisode of LBTV for y’all.
In this clip LB talks about the 2011 AS U WERE World Tour, the 3rd leg in Australia and the fact that 20% of all profits from merchandise sales goes directly to the Red Cross for the Japan Relief efforts.

Make sure you get your tickets for the LB shows down under as the AS U WERE World Tour marches on…

June 15th – Brisbane – The Hi Fi
June 16th – Hobart – Brisbane Hotel
June 17th – Melbourne – Billboard
June 18th – Sydney – Metro Theater
June 19th – Perth – Burswood Dome


May 5th, 2011

LBTV brings you a special announcement regarding the Lyrics Born Australia leg of the 2011 AS U WERE World Tour.
Check it out:


May 2nd, 2011

What’s up, L-Beezies?
Last week we told you about the AS U WERE 2011 World Tour hitting Australia — stay tuned for more on that later this week.
In the meantime check out some of the press quotes from this last run in the Southeastern United States as we gear up for the first international dates.

“His latest, As U Were, is a full-on widescreen hip-pop album; he plays choice cuts from it and more at the 8×10”

“What makes his concerts great is that he’s a guy who not only puts his everything into the performance, but simply owns every stage he steps on. Though alternative in pedigree, his live vibe is all party and hardworking showmanship. I’m sold.” – ORLANDO WEEKLY

“Birth & death are the circle of life. This phenomenon was front and center last night at the Blockley Pourhouse in West Philly where Japanese-American rapper, Lyrics Born, absolutely killed it.” – INDEPENDENT PHILLY

“Bay Area hip-hop at it’s finest, Lyrics Born brings technical prowess behind the mike and funky instrumentals.” – ELEVEN MAGAZINE

“His latest, As U Were (Mobile Home/Decon), brings a sheen of ultramodern production to an album that gives as much of a nod to funk, soul and disco as it does to hip-hop.” – CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA

“This is a way better than grammar class. Lyrics Born throws down phonemes, internal rhyme and double entendres better than any teacher you had to listen to back in the day. His style binds lyrical mastery to melody, and his signature, sandy baritone voice and Bay Area drawl has drawn comparisons to Barry White, Tone-Loc, and Tom Waits.” – PIQUE NEWS MAGAZINE

“Lyrics Born offers a smart take on urban hip-hop, funk and rap. His controversial, politically conscious music resonates with youth and offers listeners a powerful, relevant musical experience.” – DOSE

“The Berkeley-based Lyrics Born (son of author Takao Shimura) is also the veritable king of collaborations, having teamed up with Kasabian, Morcheeba, Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Jurassic 5 and a host of others. Ostensibly, this tour is also backing his new 11th album, “As U Were,” but — given his Japanese heritage — it’s also serving a more humanitarian purpose. He’ll be donating 20 percent of all merchandise sales to the American Red Cross’s Tsunami Relief effort, so be sure to snag a T-shirt on the way out.” – SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

“Bay Area hip-hopper extraordinaire and surprisingly capable singer* Lyrics Born plays a tribute to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield at Yoshi’s S.F. For this show, called “Continuum,” he’ll have his live band (full horn section, etc.) on hand to tackle some of the greatest funk and R&B songs ever written.” – SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY


April 29th, 2011

Callin’ out to all area crew… Lyrics Born is back with his unique brand of big bouncing party hip hop.
After successfully touring the “As U Were” album to packed houses across the USA, Lyrics Born and his 5 piece live band are ready to do their thing in Australia and promise a very funky show.

It’s been a couple of years since LB has toured Australia and he comes armed with a new album, a new show, and some of the classics we know and love. He’s known internationally as one of the greatest performers in hip hop and right now he’s on top of his game. Check his amazing show out for yourself.

“Lyrics Born… is one of those rare talents that has the ability to turn just about everything he touches into pure
audible gold.” – FILTER

“He’s setting his rich‐baritoned soul‐rap verbosity over Eighties electro funk” – ROLLING STONE

FDEL has emerged from the studio to rock the house as one of the supporting DJs on the Lyrics Born Tour. After a solid 5 years of rocking festivals such as Good Vibrations, Big Day Out, SummerDayze, Future Music, Southbound and Parklife, FDEL has paid his dues. He has also opened for the likes of DJ shadow, De La Soul, People Under The Stairs, Jurassic 5, RJD2 and The Crystal Method to name a few. Prepare to get funked.

Dexter is Australias most accomplished turntablist and party DJ. After 20 years behind the wheels of steel, rocking clubs, festivals, representing Australia at the International DMC competition he’s still a crowd favourite. He has supported legends such as DJ Shadow and Grandmaster Flash and you can be assured of one thing… Dexter knows how to move the crowd. Catch Dexter at the Brisbane and Melbourne shows.

Expect quality local DJ support from DJ Katch in Brisbane, M-Phazes and Chris Gill in Melbourne and 2SER’s DJ Frenzie in Sydney.

June 15 – The HiFi Brisbane with Dexter, FDEL and DJ Katch (Resin Dogs)
June 17 – Billboard The Venue with Dexter, FDEL (DJ Set), M-Phazes and Chris Gill (RRR, Northside Records)
June 18 – The Metro with FDEL and DJ Frenzie (2SER, Groove Therapy)
June 19 – Burswood Dome – Perth – A Conversation with The Dalai Lama (acoustic set)

(more to come)

To find out more about tickets and set times go to

For tickets and info for the Dalai Lama event please visit


April 27th, 2011

The 2nd leg of the AS U WERE 2011 World Tour has officially come to an end this past week. One of the final shows was the TELUS Ski & Snowboard Music Festival up in Whistler, BC where LB and the crew performed to a crowd of thousands during the day and then hit the stage that same night for a more intimate crowd at the rockin’ afterparty.
LBTV has exclusive footage from both performances in this week’s clip with a variety of songs spanning LB’s entire career.

Enjoy this special compilation of live footage from the shows that day and get ready for more tourdates coming soon as the AS U WERE 2011 World Tour continues…